Daniel Cormier forces Anthony Johnson into retirement with identical outcome in rematch

Light heavyweight Anthony Johnson celebrates his win over Glover Teixeira during their UFC 202 fight night action at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, August 20, 2016. It is the UFC's first card in the city since UFC 7 in 1995.

Meanwhile in the co-main event, Chris Weidman was defeated by Gegard Mousasi in controversial fashion.

Normally, you would say a champion and a two-time Olympic wrestler wouldn't have that mindset.

Manuwa, the No 4 ranked challenger in the division, expects to be handed a title shot against the victor on Saturday but could find himself beaten to it by "Bones" Jones, who will be eligible to fight again after a drugs ban in July. One of the most feared strikers in all off MMA, Johnson spent much of the fight trying to beat Cormier at his own game - grappling.

While he'd put his money on Cormier, Johnson acknowledged that Johnson has a good chance at becoming the new 205-pound champion.

Even Johnson's corner seemed perplexed.

Johnson, who is known for his knockout prowess, has been on a tear in the UFC since losing to Cormier, knocking out his last three opponents. However, due to a NY state athletic commission championship clause, he came back just 2:24 later, again stripped naked behind a towel, and hit 205 pounds.

"All American" isn't getting a "gimme fight" to snap his skid - Mousasi is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. On top of that, at age 33, he is one of the division's younger talents.

The big question is why this wasn't resolved when medicals were done instead of waiting until both fighters made weight.

Mousasi enters UFC 210 on a four-fight winning streak. "The Dreamcatcher" keeps talking about money instead of talking about Weidman. He also finished his 18-month probation, following the hit-and-run incident that injured a pregnant woman in April previous year, which means there's no more legal impediment for him to fight.

Weidman yelled profanities as he looked at replays on the screen and believed he should have been won because of illegal kicks.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News.

In the post-fight press conference, Daniel Cormier was asked about the reception he got from the fans in attendance in Buffalo.

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